February 12, 2020, 11:47 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson stuffed the stat sheet in a start on Wednesday, tallying five points with five boards, five assists, three steals, three blocks and a triple.
Karl-Anthony Towns sat this one out with a wrist injury, so Johnson drew the spot start and logged 32 minutes, so don't get too excited here. That being said, Johnson can still have low-end value off the bench as the backup center for owners in need of peripheral stats. If he can somehow work his way up to minutes in the high-20s, he's definitely worth owning as a backend guy in standard leagues because of his propensity to put up defensive numbers.
February 12, 2020, 11:44 pmJuancho HernangomezPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Juan Hernangomez double-doubled on Wednesday with 16 points and 12 boards to go with a steal, a block and a 3-pointer.
Hernangomez is an automatic double-double if he's given enough playing time and tonight he logged 38 minutes, which is a surefire way to some big stats. He won't always light it up on defense, but if he's logging minutes in the 30s, he should be owned in all leagues as a nightly double-double threat.
February 12, 2020, 6:23 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson will start for the injured Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) on Wednesday.
Johnson could have some appeal in 14-team leagues for the rest of the season as the Wolves have an entirely new roster mid-season. He is also an excellent short-term streaming candidate for as long as KAT will remain out and should be looked at as a low-cost option in DFS lineups.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 6:00 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets and he will undergo further evaluation over the All-Star break.
This is the first that we are hearing about this injury and we will need to wait to get more news before deciding to stream anyone in particular. Naz Reid, James Johnson and Juan Hernangómez just became a lot more attractive in DFS on Wednesday's slate.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 11:24 amOmari SpellmanPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Wolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas announced this morning that the team has assigned Omari Spellman to the Iowa Wolves, the team’s NBA G League affiliate.
There was some talk this week about Spellman potentially being bought out, but the Wolves are opting to keep their young forward. Spellman is just 22 years old and he should get plenty of minutes in the G League, but there doesn’t seem to be a path for him to earn a role with the Wolves this year.
February 12, 2020, 10:30 amD'Angelo RussellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
D'Angelo Russell, like a lot of his teammates, is acclimating to one of the most uncommon roster overhauls in the history of the NBA, as he is ramping up his efforts in order to learn the Wolves’ offensive system.
DLo has some familiarity with it after playing under Wolves assistant Pablo Prigioni in Brooklyn last season, but there are new plays and new terms he is not familiar with yet. The Wolves practiced on Tuesday back in Minneapolis and Russell said that it’s hard to tell how long it might take him to get up to speed. And even though he might struggle a little bit, DLo’s trade to the Wolves is good news for his fantasy value as the minutes will be there and the team will use the rest of the season in order to help the new guys develop their chemistry on the floor.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
February 11, 2020, 9:10 pmEvan TurnerSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Evan Turner is currently not with the Wolves and will be out for Wednesday's game.
The Wolves have a healthy youth movement going on right now, so there's no surprise that Turner would be the odd man out.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 11, 2020, 10:03 amOmari SpellmanPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Omari Spellman’s representation and the Wolves are discussing his status going forward and a buyout could be on the horizon.
Spellman was traded to the Wolves as part of the D'Angelo Russell deal. With Juancho Hernangomez, James Johnson, Naz Reid and Jarred Vanderbilt already in Minnesota, Spellman seems to be the odd man out and he could very well find his way to another team soon.
Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
February 10, 2020, 11:21 pmMalik BeasleySG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Malik Beasley may not have hit seven triples like he did in his Minnesota debut, but he still scored 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in a 126-137 loss to the Raptors on Monday.
Those that stashed or picked up Beasley should be encouraged that even with D'Angelo Russell entering the lineup, Beasley was worth starting even without many shots. Jarrett Culver once again came off the bench, but did provide 15 points, three rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.
February 10, 2020, 11:10 pmJuancho HernangomezPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
In Juancho Hernangomez's second game with the Wolves, he scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes in a road loss to the Raptors.
Hernangomez was a popular add once it looked like he'd be getting a starting role in Minnesota. But even with significant minutes, his ceiling is likely around the back of the top-100 players. Fellow newcomer James Johnson went for eight points, seven boards, three dimes and two triples in 28 minutes off the bench in this one.
February 10, 2020, 11:02 pmD'Angelo RussellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
D'Angelo Russell had a fine Wolves debut on Monday with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four 3-pointers, five assists and a steal in 32 minutes in a loss to the Raptors.
Despite the loss and lack of rebounds, it's a very impressive debut considering the lack of time played together for much of the roster. Expect Russell to eventually find himself with similar stats to those he was providing with the Warriors.
February 10, 2020, 6:17 pmOmari SpellmanPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Omari Spellman is not with the Wolves and will not play on Monday.
Spellman was recently traded from the Warriors but has yet to suit up for the Wolves. However, fans in Minnesota will be excited to see D'Angelo Russell available.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 10, 2020, 6:13 pmD'Angelo RussellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
D'Angelo Russell (right quad contusion) will make his debut for the Wolves on Monday.
Russell was previously listed as questionable. He has been nursing the injury and hasn't gotten into a game since being traded on Thursday. Jordan McLaughlin should see a diminished role.
Source: Alan Horton on Twitter
February 10, 2020, 11:52 amD'Angelo RussellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
D'Angelo Russell (right quad contusion) has been downgraded back to questionable for Monday's contest against the Raptors.
This is more than a little sketchy given that he was upgraded to probable just yesterday. Continue to monitor the situation, but it appears as if the Warriors weren't bluffing about the quad injury. Upon his return, Russell should be a solid, early-to-mid round value for the Wolves and his shutdown potential should be reduced with his move to the Wolves. Theoretically, at least.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
February 9, 2020, 8:24 pmD'Angelo RussellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
D'Angelo Russell (right quad contusion) has been upgraded to probable for Monday's contest against the Raptors.
It looks like Russell will be ready to make his debut on Monday, which will significantly hamper Jordan McLaughlin's value. Russell will quickly slide into Andrew Wiggins' touches for the Wolves, and he will also serve as a lead distributor out of the point guard position. Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie's late-year pushes for standard league value will probably be put on hold as long as Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns are developing chemistry alongside one another.
Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter